Battlesbridge, Essex (PRWEB UK) 25 May 2013
The report raises concerns that the biodiversity of Vietnam and surrounding countries in the Mekong region is being greatly compromised by the unremitting destruction of local forests. Green Apple, a UK flooring retailer which actively supports sustainable forest management, were horrified to learn that, according to the World Wildlife Fund, Vietnam and Thailand have lost 43% of their forest cover in the last three decades.
Drollette cites a number of reasons for the substantial forest loss taking place in the region. For starters, it’s no secret that Vietnam’s population is growing rapidly, calling for large-scale infrastructural overhauls. The development of Vietnam’s coffee industry (which has accelerated dramatically in less than 10 years) has its own part to play in the devastation as more and more forests are disappearing in order to make room for coffee plantations. However, it’s the evolution of the furniture export market in Vietnam that is causing the most concern for environmental campaigners such as Green Apple.
The furniture export market in Vietnam is one of the country’s top five ‘export earners’ and more and more timber is being felled to meet the demands of America, Japan and other international trade partners. To avoid feeling the full force of the region’s logging laws, the Vietnamese are turning to neighbours Laos and Cambodia for illegally sourced timber – in fact, London’s Environmental Agency conducted an undercover investigation in 2008 which found that wood is indeed being illegally smuggled across the border, a practice which is having a profound effect on the area’s notoriously rich biodiversity as the habitat of much of the local wildlife is falling into the hands of criminal networks.
“Quite simply, more needs to be done to prevent this from happening,” states a representative from Green Apple. “We believe that any new economy needs to be able to grow sustainably and needs to have an awareness of the responsibility it has to its surrounding environment. Clearly now is the time for the world’s timber and wildlife authorities to work together to protect the amazing wildlife in the Mekong region before it’s too late.”
The piece was published on Yale Environment 360, the university’s specialist Forestry & Environmental Studies project and can be found here.
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